These are exciting times for the Cumberland Community Forest Society (CCFS).  The finish line is now in sight for their 226 acre land protection purchase in the Perseverance Watershed and they have until March 31st to raise the final $150,000 to close on this $2,386,000 project!
 
It is a very exciting time for the community that has supported the work of the CCFS for the past 20 years. “When the CCFS completed the purchase of Space Nugget in June of 2016, our board immediately headed into Project Perseverance, an ambitious undertaking to protect the entire Perseverance Creek corridor from Allen Lake to Comox Lake Road.” says Meaghan Cursons, Executive Director of the Cumberland Community Forest Society. 
 
The Perseverance Creek corridor forms an important part of the Comox Lake watershed and is a critical biodiversity zone identified as top priority for protection by the Comox Valley Land Trust. It is an area of high important from the whole region, with direct links to drinking water quality, species at risk protection, low impact recreation, watershed protection and climate resiliency.
 
The society is clear that they can’t do this final push alone. “We’re going to need all hands on deck to close the $150,000 gap between now and March 31st. That is why we’re reaching out to our friends and supporters to help us to make conservation history on Vancouver Island!” says board chair Evan Gough.
 
Here’s how you can help:
  • Share the Cumberland Forest story via your networks, create a donation challenge, or share why you care about the Cumberland Forest.
  • Organize an event, challenge or campaign in support of the CCFS and our efforts. hey’ll help promote and offer fun swag for prizes.
  • Donate art, crafts, creative services or jewelry for the “Art of Perseverance’ online auction that kicks off February 14th. It can be your original art, or a donated piece from your collection.
  • Consider making a charitable donation in 2020 and do it before March 31st to help us seal the deal! Visit www.cumberlandforest.com for donation links
The CCFS is also hosting a Community Info Night on Tuesday February 18th at 7 pm at the Masonic Hall. This meeting will include details on the upcoming purchase and ‘what’s next’ for the CCFS including restoration planning, restoration projects, education and future land protection areas of focus. Anyone interested in learning more, or wanting to make a donation announcement, is encouraged to attend!
 
Special Project: The Art of Perseverance
The Art of Perseverance is a celebration of the incredible imagery and inspiration of the Cumberland Forest and Perseverance Creek! From now until March 31st the CCFS will be sharing images online as well as building an online auction featuring prints, paintings, pottery and more reflecting the stunning beauty of nature that surrounds our community. Join us for this final arts-based fundraising push as we work to raise the final $ to protect 226 acres of forest for generations to come! 
– post images to FB of IG and tag #theartofperseverance
– encourage your kids, grandkids, students or friends to make art themed around the forest
– donate art, crafts & creations for auction to info@cumberlandforest.com
– offer to display works up for online auction at your place of business
– bid on online-auction items after Feb 14th!  
 
Find out more about the Cumberland Community Forest Society by visiting www.cumberlandforest.com today!
Meaghan Cursons

Cumberland Community Forest Society